Jess Rheinheimer (Manheim, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) can add one final award to her list of accomplishments, as she was named to the All-State First Team today by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). This is the second straight year she was named to the First Team.
Eastern Mennonite's humble senior finishes her basketball career with back-to-back All-America honors from D3hoops.com, as well as repeat awards as ODAC Player of the Year, ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete and All-Region First Team. Rheinheimer was voted the D3hoops.com South Region Player of the Year this year, and was the VaSID State Player of the Year as a junior.
Just as hard-working in the classroom as she is in her sport, Rheinheimer was named the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) Academic All-American of the Year this year, repeating a spot on the Academic All-America First Team. She holds a 3.95 GPA as a nursing major at EMU, adding a minor in history.
Rheinheimer was also the Jostens Trophy winner for 2014-15 and a finalist again as a senior. The Jostens Trophy is an award naming the top basketball player in the nation in regards to excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Rheinheimer averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds this year, both team highs, and added a career-best 2.0 assists. A versatile 5-10 forward, she shot 47.3% from the floor over her four seasons but was also one of the top long-range shooters to ever wear a Royals uniform, sinking 35.1% of her three pointers. Rheinheimer added an 80.1% free throw clip over her career.
With 1,567 points, she finishes third in EMU history in career scoring, and is also No. 11 with 646 rebounds. Rheinheimer helped Eastern Mennonite's women to three straight NCAA National Tournaments.
See the video celebrating Rheinheimer's Academic All-American of the Year award: